On Saturday, I took my bike to Gold Bar, and rode to Skykomish, and then back. Parts of the ride were a bit nerve-wracking, but not like the section from Skykomish to Steven's Pass. Bridges, and sections just after them, had no shoulder, but, otherwise, there was enough room not to get hit, and not enough traffic to take away the pleasure of the ride. Great scenery this time of year!
I'm planning to cover a few more sections, like from Gold Bar to Sultan, and east of the pass. But I'd also like to check out some of the roads that depart from US 2. Years and years and years ago, I camped (in the wrong place) on Beckler River Road. Has anyone been on that? How long is it, and what is the scenery like? Can anybody shed any light on the road that departs from Index? Are there others in the area I should ride? How far east can I go, safely? (I'm on a road bike with 700x23s.)